In the introduction, the ADL appears to urge a national roundup of dissenters:During the first few months of 2010, anti-government extremism has taken on a new level of intensity in the United States. The arrests of the Hutaree militia in Michigan illustrate this passion, which exists both within and outside the militia movement. Unfortunately, the Hutaree arrests may come to be seen not as the culmination, but rather as a first step in what may need to become a major national law enforcement operation.“The bill that passed has NOTHING to do with healthcare,” wrote “TXplt” on the Gun and Game Forums on March 22. Rather, “...it is used solely as a vehicle to push an agenda—to destroy what is working in our insurance industries, to increase our government intrusion into citizens’ lives...and to eventually act as a vehicle for our power hungry miscreants to attempt to dictate every aspect of our lives.”I'm only on page 2, but I have to wonder how these are statements from anti-government extremists who need to be arrested? Aren't these expressions of dissent which enjoy the full protection of the First Amendment?“If this hellshare is signed tomorrow by our government, I will not pay the taxes, I will not submit to this illegal and unlawful bill. The government of the United States is now a runaway, criminal organization and we the people are not constitutionally required to follow them, we have the constitutional authority to rise up and take our country back.”
Maybe someone at the Anti-Defamation League needs to have a look at Johnson V. TexasThat applies double to the idea of arresting people for daring to express their ideas.Originally Posted by The United States Supreme Court, Johnson v. Texas
Hmmm....I'm happy to say that I was able to write that quote from Johnson from memory, and when I checked it for accuracy it was correct.